Build Your Own Giant Wood Stacking Block Game

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Build Your Own Giant Wood Stacking Block Game

Two of my five kids and I suffer from both seasonal allergies and sensitive skin so it can sometimes be hard to get the kids away from their screens and outside to play. I’m constantly trying to encourage outdoor activities so I love coming up with new and exciting things for them to do outside. Last weekend the kids and I worked together to build our own giant wood stacking block game, similar to Jenga but on a much larger scale and we had so much fun that they’re already planning their next “tournament”.

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My Kids Are #FreeToBe Adventurous with All Free & Clear

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It’s already getting pretty warm here in Northwest Florida and the kids are really enjoying their outdoor time. They had a blast at a family cookout this past weekend and I loved seeing them have such a great time, but boy can they produce some laundry! Between all the towels they used, a couple changes of clothes, and their bathing suits it’s not difficult to come up with a load or two of laundry in a days’ time. I’m confident that with all free clear laundry detergent we’re getting all the pool chemicals out of their clothes without adding anymore harsh chemicals to the mix.

All Free & Clear

A couple of the kids take after their mommy in that they have sensitive skin and some laundry detergents tend to make us itchy so I love this all free clear Oxi with Stainlifters. It is free of perfumes and clear of dyes so it’s tough on stains but gentle on our skin. With the summer months coming the kids will be doing lots of field trips and activities in their annual summer camp and they swim at least a couple times a week there so our usual mountain of laundry will be growing tremendously.

When I was a kid we spent all of our spare time outside doing all sorts of fun things like building forts, catching tadpoles, playing hide and seek and jumping in mud puddles. Those are things my kids don’t seem to get enough time to do between our busy schedules and having their attention divided between all the screens in their lives – tablets, TV, computer games, XBox. I’m thrilled that with this beautiful spring and summer weather they get a chance to participate in all their favorite outdoor adventures. It’s wonderful that they are #FreeToBe kids, that they can get messy, dirty, muddy and wet but we don’t have to worry their clothes or the laundry because all free clear is tough on stains but still gentle enough for the whole family.

7 Laundry Tips to Make Your Life Easier

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My kids love to play outside and I’m so happy that they get time away from their screens – TV, computer, Xbox, tablets – every day, even though it means that I do LOTS of laundry. A couple of the kids take after their mommy in that they have sensitive skin and some laundry detergents tend to make us itchy so I love this all free clear Oxi with Stainlifters. It is free of perfumes and clear of dyes so it’s tough on stains but gentle on our skin.

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Whether you do a lot of laundry like I do or just a load or two a week, here are some great tips for making your laundry chores easier to handle.

1) Keep Your Sneakers from Banging

If you’re washing tennis shoes but can’t stand the banging noise they make in the dryer, tie the shoe strings together and wedge them in the dryer door when closing it so the shoes stay in one place while drying. You could also consider buying a dryer sneaker bag that attaches to the inside of the door if you wash a lot of tennis shoes.

2) Keep Dark Clothes from Fading

You know that you should wash all of your dark clothes together, but if you turn them inside out before washing it will help keep them from fading.

3) Help Sweaters Keep Their Shape

Let your sweaters air dry on a flat surface, not on a hanger, so that they will maintain their original shape.

4) Remove Wrinkles Faster When Ironing

Mix five parts water and one part fabric softener in a spray bottle and spray your wrinkled clothes when ironing to make the job easier. If ironing delicate fabrics moisten a handkerchief with the spray bottle and lay it on top of the wrinkles before ironing.

5) Help for Extra Dirty Clothes

Pre-soak any extra dirty or grimy clothes in a tub of water overnight before washing. For ring around the collar use a small clean paintbrush and “paint” laundry detergent along the line then wash as usual.

6) Prevent Color Bleed

If one of your garments bleeds onto others in a load of wash don’t let the discolored items dry. Instead, remove the garment that caused the problem and wash the load again.

7) Wash the Right Sized Load

Be careful not to over or under load your washer because you’ll waste energy and the clothes won’t get as clean as they should. Plus when you dry them a too large load won’t allow air to circulate properly and too small of a load will reduce the tumbling action and actually make the clothes take longer to dry.